1. Upgrade Your Cottage with a Hot Tub

    Posted on July 10, 2017 by Andrew

    If you happen to have one of those older houses with a bigger garden and a detached cottage perhaps, you should count yourself lucky because houses these days are built rather small and in addition to the house itself being small, there’s not much space for anything else. The typical modern day home these days doesn’t even have space for a decent garden, let alone something like a shed or a cottage, so you should definitely count yourself lucky if you have one.

    Truth be told though, your cottage is probably outdated and might need a bit of an upgrade, particularly since the traditional cottage was perhaps designed and built with the idea of housing live-in domestic staff in mind. Not that everybody whose house has a cottage had live-in domestic staff or even had a need for them, but design-wise that’s exactly what a cottage comes across as.

    So what are the upgrades you can add to your cottage to make it a bit more modern?

    One of these upgrades is the addition of a hot tub, whether you want to use the hot tub yourself or indeed if you perhaps plan to rent the cottage out over a long-term agreement or you want to have guests over occasionally, like tourists who are in town for a bit. Even if you do plan to rent the cottage out in this way, nothing should be stopping you from enjoying the hot tub yourself whenever the cottage is vacant.

    By the way, renting the cottage out for short stay tourists or even over a longer term is a great way to pay yourself back for what you’ll inevitably spend to purchase the hot tub, have it installed and maintain it alongside its running costs. You’ll undoubtedly have to save a bit to have some running capital though, quite simply because it’s not really such a good idea to take out financing for something like a hot tub unless of course, you’re absolutely sure the money is going to come back via something like renting the cottage out.

    A lot of the cottages for rent on iKnow-UK have benefited greatly from adding a hot tub. People tend to pay a higher price for a short stay or holiday if the cottage or lodge has a hot tub. The site is great for cheap hot tub holidays too. If you’re thinking of renting your cottage out as holiday accommodation, look into iknow to boost your profile.

    So if you do decide to add in a hot tub as part of the upgrades to your cottage, you’ll inevitably have to redecorate as well to perhaps modernise the interiors just a little bit. Otherwise, the hot tub may look out of place and come across as a bit tacky, to say the least.

    It doesn’t have to be an indoor hot tub either and in fact, an outdoor one may perhaps make more sense if you have space outside since it’ll allow anyone to enjoy it instead of being limited to the occupants of the cottage itself. If the cottage has more than one room which you want to rent out, making it an outdoor hot tub makes even more sense since you can always add the hot tub as an amenity which people will surprisingly be willing to pay that little extra for, even if they only end up using it just once or twice or not at all in some cases.

  2. When Going Green Starts Paying Off BIG

    Posted on June 14, 2017 by Andrew

    When some of the biggest organisations, companies, businesses, etc, of this world get involved with initiatives such as the resolution to operate in a “greener” manner, it often comes from a place of seeking to gain some publicity out of their efforts. Now I’m not saying organisations or even individuals who resolve to live a greener, cleaner life with less of an impact on the environment do so without milking it for all the publicity they can get, but I guess it suffices to say that in most cases we seem to be missing the point altogether. Read more…

  3. The benefits of choosing stone effect flooring for your home

    Posted on June 14, 2017 by Andrew

    From traditional flagstone styles to contemporary modular tiles, stone flooring is a fantastic design choice as you can choose from a range of different looks to suit any room. If you want to get the appearance of stone without breaking the bank, stone effect flooring is a great alternative and becoming increasingly popular. Read on to find out why so many homeowners are opting for stone effect floor tiles. Read more…

  4. Going greener in the garden

    Posted on May 19, 2017 by Andrew

    People naturally assume that their garden is green, however, what many people aren’t aware of is that they could become more environmentally friendly.  Read more…

  5. Earth Day

    Posted on April 29, 2017 by Andrew

    Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on the 22nd of April, worldwide. This is celebrated to encourage people to go green and to protect the planet. Its main aim is to make people realise that the blue planet is a wonderful place to live, and that we should keep it clean so that our future generations can have a decent place to live. There are many organisations which work day and night to make this aim a reality. Read more…

  6. Different Decking Material – What Decking Do You Need?

    Posted on February 27, 2017 by Andrew

    Any outdoor space can have a great amount of versatility added to it with some decking, which can be fairly inexpensive to fit as a means through which to transform a messy outdoor space or help renovate a garden. You’ll be amazed at just how beautiful a deck can make these outdoor spaces. Read more…

  7. Coffee Cup Waste

    Posted on February 24, 2017 by Andrew

    If you drink a coffee on the go and put your paper cup in the recycling bin you probably think you’re doing your bit, but it’s been revealed that most of these cups are being sent to landfills are they can’t actually be recycled!
    This graphic from Eco2Greetings shows the extent of coffee cup waste in the USA, which is a staggering 50 billion cups each year.

    Read more…

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings

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